Huddersfield Town defender Terence Kongolo is keen on a move to Sheffield United, reports The Sheffield Star.
This is despite the Blades deciding to look elsewhere for recruitment because of fitness concerns.
As part of the negotiations with Huddersfield, Kongolo underwent medical tests. It showed that the Netherlands international potentially hasn’t fully recovered from a foot injury suffered while on loan at Fulham earlier this year.
Yet Kongolo likes the idea of playing under Chris Wilder at Bramall Lane. And the 26-year-old is determined to prove his fitness to the Premier League club.
Could Sheffield United sign Kongolo?
The Blades are in the market for a new centre-back as a replacement for Jack O’Connell. O’Connell is set to miss most of this season having finally had surgery on a knee problem which has plagued his career to date.
However, after spending a club record £23.5m (BBC Sport) on Rhian Brewster, it’s not clear how much is left in the budget to complete this.
Davies is valued at £10m by Preston, for instance, which is thought to be beyond their financial means. They are considering a loan to buy offer to get around it.
It’s not known how much Bournemouth would want for Rico, but the Terriers are after around £8m for Kongolo. That’s believed to be how much they still owe Monaco as part of the deal to sign the Dutchman from them in 2018.
As a left-sided central defender, Kongolo is certainly a decent alternative to O’Connell. Wilder currently only has Jack Robinson as an option in the role in his squad.
The United coaching staff are admirers of Kongolo, with his physical prowess and the ability to also play at the heart of a three-man back line.
This deal perhaps isn’t dead just yet.